About Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal originates from two Greek words; one “peri” meaning around and the second “odonto” meaning the tooth. Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the surrounding tissues that support the teeth in the jaw; the gum and the bone.

A Periodontist is a dental specialist that focuses on the treatment of different forms of periodontal disease in an effort to save teeth. In unfortunate cases when the teeth are lost, a periodontist, is a key individual involved in rehabilitating the dentition with the help of a restorative dentist.

The main cause of periodontal disease is plaque that accumulates around the gum tissues. Unfortunately, periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental checkups will minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodontitis) to severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease.

Common problems associated with gum disease:

  • “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
  • Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
  • Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
  • Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
  • Tooth loss or tooth movement

The effects of gum disease and or more severe periodontal disease, can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease.

Please contact our office for a periodontal evaluation.